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Giving Garden Receives Get2gether Grant

Elba’s own Giving Garden was chosen from among hundreds nationwide to receive a 2014 Get 2gether Neighborhood Challenge grant.  The grant is funded by the Center for a New American Dream in partnership with the IOBY,, a crowd-funding network.

The Giving Garden is one of 10 community organizations selected to receive funding from the 2014 Challenge that matches funds for each organization up to $2,000 for every dollar they raise through IOBY.

The members of the Giving Garden committee are required to attend a webinar that will teach them how to successfully launch a crowd-funding campaign.

image of plantsThe Elba Giving Garden has from August 21 to September 15 to raise up to $2,000 that will then be matched by New Dream with another $2,000 for a total of $4,000..  That’s a quite a bit for fruits and vegetables.

“We’re going to be able to do a little extra other than the initial building phase of the garden,” Justin Maddox, president of Restoration 154, says.

The aim of the Giving Garden, a joint project of Restoration 154 and the Elba Ministerial Association, is to raise vegetables that will be donated to those in need. Maddox says the venture will “help meet a real need in the community and provide opportunities for local people to be involved.”

Maddox says that the funds the garden receives will be put towards basic supplies that will include seed/plants, boxes, fencing, storage, and more. 

The Giving Garden logoIn order to receive the grant money, Maddox explains, “We have to demonstrate that we are committed to having a schedule in place, that we are doing our due diligence in setting up the crowd-funding website and that we’re actually making an effort to raise funds.” 

“The grant we applied for is a matching funds grant,” says Philip Box, Elba pastor and member of the Giving Garden committee.  “The way that it is set up is through a crowd-funding process.” 

For those who do not know, crowd funding is a popular new way to raise money for a business/idea/cause/individual.  It is purely Internet based, allowing individuals and organizations to express goals in the form of a written and visual proposal for an online audience. 

Once potential investors are sold, they can then choose to donate money online.

The Giving Garden asks that citizens of Elba show their support.  For more information, visit   For more information on the Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge, visit their website.

By Jelani Moore
Last Updated: November 01, 2016